OTS meeting summary

We had a further Negotiations Hui with representatives from the Office of Treaty Settlements, DOC and Ministry for the Environment in Rotorua at the end of March. The hui was an opportunity for us to listen and ask any questions in relation to our continued negotiations. 

We heard updates from the Cultural Lands Working Group, our historians and the Natural Resources Working Group, and among the discussions were Overlapping Claims, the Tapahoro Campground and Encumbrances, the process for determining a Crown offer on Cultural Redress, and a Social and Economic Revitalisation Strategy.

A lot of productive actions came from the hui including a meeting with Ruawahia 2B Trust and Rotorua MP Hon. Todd McLay to discuss our Great Walk concept, which Leith attended on 7 April.

We are currently working towards our Agreement in Principle (AIP), which is the next major milestone in our journey to achieving our Comprehensive Settlement. We had originally hoped to have our AIP agreed upon prior to the General Election in September, however we have recently had an indication from the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Settlements Christopher Finlayson that this is now more likely to happen after the Election.